Spectrum Originals Picks Up Joe Pickett Drama


Spectrum Originals has greenlit Joe Pickett, produced by Paramount Television Studios and Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher’s Red Wagon Entertainment.

In the series, Michael Dorman (Patriot, For All Mankind) plays a game warden who is navigating the changing political and socioeconomic climate in a small rural town in Wyoming, where he lives with his family. Surrounded by rich history and vast wildlife, the township hides decades of schemes and secrets that are yet to be uncovered. Joe Pickett will air for a nine-month exclusive run on Spectrum.

The series comes from creators, writers, directors, showrunners and executive producers John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle. Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher serve as executive producers for Red Wagon Entertainment. The series is based on the best-selling book series by C.J. Box, who also serves as executive producer.

Katherine Pope, head of Spectrum Originals, said: “C.J. Box’s brilliant and beloved Joe Pickett novels draw you in with the quiet beauty of the Wyoming setting, but it’s the characters that keep you riveted in their complexity, passion and unique points of view—for better or worse. Michael has the intensity, humanity and humor that Joe Pickett demands, and we couldn’t have better partners in the incredible John Erick and Drew Dowdle, Paramount Television Studios and Red Wagon Entertainment to bring this world to life.”

Paramount Television Studios President Nicole Clemens said: “C.J. Box’s Joe Pickett novels truly have something for everyone—spellbinding storytelling, multifaceted characters, and of course the breathtaking setting of the Wyoming wilderness—and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with Spectrum Originals, Red Wagon and John Erick and Drew Dowdle in bringing these characters to life. The Dowdles have a sharp instinct for the specificity of this rich world. Joe Pickett is a ‘still waters run deep’ character and so we feel unbelievably fortunate to have Michael Dorman, who brings amazing depth to this character.”

John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle added: “We fell in love with C.J Box’s Joe Pickett novels because of their nuanced take on morality in a morally ambiguous world. We became fascinated with Joe’s obsession with the ideas of truth, fairness and the order of things, and perhaps even more fascinated with the trauma that made him that way. These days, there is so much to relate to in the Pickett family’s desire for a simpler life, and also in the notion that unresolved elements of our past tend to follow us wherever we go. Spending the last few years with the Pickett family has been one of the great joys of our careers, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring them to life on screen.”